Art blooms at fine arts museum

March 30, 2006|By KRISTIN WILSON

This weekend, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will be blooming with artistically crafted floral interpretations.

The fourth annual "Art in Bloom" exhibition, hosted by Town & Country Garden Club and Hagerstown Garden Club, will feature 19 floral interpretations of as many works of art.

Members of local and regional garden clubs participate in the museum fundraiser that annually draws about 1,200 people, says Bunny Waltersdorf, co-chairwoman of the event.

Each design team interprets a work of art on display at the museum. This year, inspiration will come from paintings, photographs, sculpture, a wood carving and a wool prayer rug.


Each floral designer's task is to interpret the "form, line and texture" of a painting or sculpture with live plant matter, Waltersdorf explains.

Mickey Slasman is part of a team from the Antietam Garden Club that is interpreting a photograph entitled "Beer Kegs."

Her team plans to use beer and wine barrels as a pedestal. They have selected orchids to flow like beer out of a stein.

"It's so much like painting, but three-dimensional, more like sculptural," Slasman says.

If you go ...

WHAT: "Art in Bloom"

WHEN: Preview reception, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 31; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 2.

WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown

COST: Reception tickets cost $20; Saturday and Sunday are free.

MORE: For more information, call 301-739-5727 or go to

MUSICAL BONUS: At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, Candice Mowbray will play classical and modern guitar works as she walks through the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in connection with "Art in Bloom." Free.

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